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DWI Convictions May be Eligible to be Sealed

September 9, 2017

On September 1st, a new law became effective that, for the first time, allows the sealing (non-disclosure) of a first time DWI conviction under certain circumstances. This is a big deal for some folks who have had to deal with the negative ramifications of having a DWI conviction on their record. To be eligible to have your DWI conviction sealed, you must meet several requirements:

 

1) It was a first DWI offense
2) No other criminal history (traffic tickets don't count against you)
3) You successfully completed probation for your DWI and have paid all your fines and fees
4) You have completed a waiting period since you finished probation - either 2 years or 5 years under different circumstances

 

These things can disqualify you:

 

1) Blood or Breath test above a .15
2) DWI involved an accident with another person

 

Waiting periods:

 

1) 2 year waiting period from the end of your probation if you had an interlock device on your car for at least 6 months during probation
2) 5 year waiting period from the end of your probation otherwise

 

As you can see, there are a number of limits and caveats to this law. But if you think you might be eligible, give me a call and I'd be happy to help you see if this might be an option for you.

 

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